National Archives and Records Administration - ARC Identifier 35924 / Local Identifier 111-M-1241 - Let There Be Light - Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer. (09/18/1947 - 02/28/1964). DOCUMENTARY: Veterans' hospital (Mason General Hospital, Brentwood, NY.) showing ten week treatment program for men with psychological problems stemming from combat; men enter the hospital, go through the orientation, admission, and evaluation process as the narrator observes that these men, whose education, culture, and development rejects war, share common anxieties: fear, apprehension, disaster, hopelessness, death, and the fear of death; veterans relate their experiences, thoughts, and emotions to hospital medical and professional staff; at night dreams of combat and other fears interrupt the men as they try to sleep; next morning, as the process of diagnosis, treatment, and therapy begins, men undergo a series physical exams and psychological tests; shows individual and group counceling sessions; demonstrate use of hypnosis; as weeks pass, the positive affects of therapy become apparent; men relax in the recreation room as combat experiences are no longer blocks to present activities and future plans, with emphasis on the veteran's occupation; visitors day, time for contact with family and friends; group therapy discussion concerning civilian reaction to returning veterans and their adjustment to the post-war pattern; montage contrasting condition of men before and after therapy; men show signs of recovery, of readiness for discharge, and ability to resume civilian life.
October 15, 2018 Subject:
Let There Be Light
Amazing. Yet, true invasion of privacy, though the soldiers apparently consented. The voice is John Huston's father, Walter. It would be incredible to see the unedited source material... the poor man buried in a foxhole for 29 hours before rescue, was he alone? Fascinating sociopolitical documentary propaganda... with the intent to improve quality of life for unfortunate PTSD survivors. Great this has seen the light of day.
May 27, 2017 Subject:
Response to question
Re. previous review/question: I believe you mean John Huston. Yes, this is the film he made. You will hear his unmistakable voice narrating.
November 18, 2013 Subject:
Question, not review
Is this the re-edited version by the U.S. military, or the original version that was recently discovered and restored by the National Film Preservation Foundation?